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  • Spotlight on PURPLE NOON with Imogen Sara Smith

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    In the following introduction recorded in 2021, critic Imogen Sara Smith explores the seductive charm and subtle menace of René Clément’s gorgeous Patricia Highsmith adaptation, starring Alain Delon in his breakout role as the duplicitous Tom Ripley.

  • Imogen Sara Smith and Eddie Muller on 1950: Peak Noir

    This introduction with noir experts Eddie Muller and Imogen Sara Smith was recorded in 2024.

  • Tessa Thompson on CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7

  • Limitations into Virtues

    In this 2017 video essay, filmmakers Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos (“Every Frame a Painting”) examine the style of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

  • Living the Part Introduction

    This introduction by Isaac Butler, author of “The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act,” was recorded in 2024.

  • Gold Town Nickelodeon

    Art-house cinema is alive and well in the US’s most remote state capital! Join programmer Collette Costa for a tour of the Gold Town Nickelodeon and a selection of films that resonate with life on the frosty frontier.

  • Isabella Rossellini in Conversation

    As the daughter of two legendary film artists, Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini grew up immersed in cinema before making her own indelible mark on the medium through her brilliant performances for auteurs like David Lynch and Guy Maddin and her own acclaimed projects lik...

  • Spotlight on WINGS with Imogen Sara Smith

    In the latest installment of our Spotlight series, critic Imogen Sara Smith pays tribute to the great Ukrainian filmmaker Larisa Shepitko, whose early feature WINGS brilliantly evokes a former fighter fighter pilot’s inner life.

  • Greta Gerwig in Conversation

    From indie darling to helmer of 2023’s biggest (and pinkest) blockbuster, Greta Gerwig has blazed a unique trail by remaining true to her idiosyncratic voice—forged by a lifelong passion for literature, theater, and dance—at every step of her evolution. In this edition of Adventures in Moviegoing...

  • The Universe Is Out There: Josh & Benny Safdie

    Get to know the siblings whose films have captured the frenetic pulse of New York’s city streets. An original documentary featuring footage from the making of their new thriller, GOOD TIME, along with several of the brothers’ early shorts.

  • Spotlight on MODERN TIMES with Racquel J. Gates

    In the following introduction recorded in 2022, film scholar Racquel J. Gates unpacks how Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 masterpiece explores anxieties around technology and bids farewell to the silent era.

  • Patton Oswalt in Conversation

    Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt sits down with Alicia Malone to talk about his early love of monster movies, coming of age as a cinephile in the video-store era, and how a Billy Wilder double feature turned him into a self-professed film addict.

  • Hideo Kojima’s Closet Picks

  • Walter Reade Theater

    The Walter Reade Theater at the Film Society of Lincoln Center is a beloved New York institution. We’ve created a short documentary on its history and programming, presented here with a lineup of films handpicked and introduced by its curators.

  • Intro to Method Acting with Vincent D’Onofrio, Ethan Hawke, and Isaac Butler

    This conversation between actors Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio and author Isaac Butler was recorded in 2023.

  • Queersighted: The Gay Best Friend

    This conversation between series curator Michael Koresky and author Mark Harris was recorded in 2023.

  • Mastering a New Medium: Sound in M

    Listen closely: Fritz Lang’s claustrophobic thriller has one of the densest, most skillfully layered soundtracks in all of early sound film.

  • Spotlight on OBSESSION with Imogen Sara Smith

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    In the following introduction recorded in 2021, critic Imogen Sara Smith champions a hidden gem from blacklisted director Edward Dmytryk, who deftly balances suspense and black comedy in this British thriller.

  • Spotlight on CHAMELEON STREET with Ashley Clark

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    In the following introduction recorded in 2022, Criterion curatorial director Ashley Clark explores the sly social critique and dizzying cinematic experimentation of writer-director-actor Wendell B. Harris Jr.’s lone feature to date, a sui generis masterpiece of American independent cinema.

  • Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

    In 2009, Sean Baker (THE FLORIDA PROJECT, TANGERINE) sat down with the late Godfather of Gore himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis, to discuss his legendary career as an exploitation pioneer and creator of the splatter movie.

  • A Walk with Charles Burnett

    Charles Burnett is an unsung master of American cinema who led the way for black independent filmmakers to tell their stories on-screen with poetic-realist revelations like KILLER OF SHEEP and TO SLEEP WITH ANGER. In this original documentary, Burnett joins another trailblazing African American d...